The Wisconsin Football team opened their 2023 season with a 38-17 win over the the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday. Next up for the Badgers is a road game to Pullman Washington to take on the Washington State Cougars. The Badgers are seen as an early four point favorite.
The Cougars, or better known as Wazzu, is coming off a 50-24 road win at Colorado State on Saturday. It will be the first true road test for the Badgers this season. Here’s is an early look at the Washington State Cougars.
Wisconsin Football Opponent Preview #1- Cam Ward, Cam Ward, Cam Ward
Former FCS QB Cam Ward was dealing
Cam Ward threw for 451 yards and ran for 40 more while accounting for 4 TD’s in WSU’s 50-24 win over Colorado State
— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) September 3, 2023
Everything Wazzu will do on offense will be around junior quarterback Cam Ward. Ward was spectacular against Colorado State on Saturday. He accounted for almost 500 yards of total offense (491 through the air and 40 on the ground) and four total touchdowns. Ward led the team in passing, rushing, and carries.
One glaring issue for the Wisconsin Football defense on Saturday was the amount of missed tackles. They won’t get away with that on Saturday. Ward will present issues with his arms and legs. If the Badgers defense miss as many tackles this week as they did last week, they won’t win.
Wisconsin Football Opponent Preview #2- Expect the Secondary to Get a Work Load
The Wisconsin football secondary should have their work cut out this week. Against Colorado State, the Cougars ran the ball 37 times but only for 90 yards. That’s only an average of just over two yards a carry.
Expect the Cougars to go after a new Wisconsin secondary. This group had their moments against Buffalo. Cam Ward is a better quarterback and will take chances down the field. The secondary of Wisconsin will need to bring their A game.
Wisconsin Football Opponent Preview #3- A Taste of Revenge
You better believe this Wisconsin Football team will be looking for revenge against Wazzu. The Cougars came into Madison last season as heavy underdogs and beat the Badgers 17-14. Turnovers and special teams was the story of that game. Wisconsin was sloppy on offense and allowed the Cougars to score all their points from a short field.
There’s a number of returning players from last years team that will want to get their revenge. Winning on the road in college football is not easy. Home crowds, atmospheres, and different time zones all play a factor. It shouldn’t take much to motivate Wisconsin this week.
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